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The Insider: What a load of mothballs!; Bizarre memorabilia goes under the hammer.

THERE have been some weird lots put up at the annual Beatles auctions, such as Paul McCartney's Liverpool sink - and a piece of toast nearly eaten by George Harrison.

But at Lipa, this Saturday, there's the strangest yet - Moptop mothballs.

Yes, real Beatle mothballs. And they still smell.

Stephen Bailey of The Beatle Shop in Mathew Street says they are from 1965.

Holding his nose, he says: ``They are just mothballs that were marketed in Beatle wrapping - not mothballs used by the actual Beatles for their suits. They come from the Philippines - ironically where The Beatles had a stinking time.''

Mothballs should start off at about pounds 100. Other items include a 1964 Beatle twig, which will start at pounds 200.

``I haven't a clue what it is. I still haven't twigged,'' said Stephen.

AB FAB 1: Sir Paul eased old pal Billy Connolly into his 60s - by singing `Happy Birthday' to him at a private bash. Macca, along with wife Heather, spent the weekend at the comedian's pounds 500,000 Aberdeenshire estate after a pounds 1m 60th birthday party last week.

Paul joined Bob Geldof and Rod Stewart for the special rendition with a collection of celebrity guests including Robin Williams, Dame Judi Dench, Ewan McGregor and Michael Palin.

Several guests were seen drinking in a nearby hotel - including Sir Paul and his wife sharing a quiet tipple with Sir Bob.

A bar-worker at the Hilton Craigendarroch Hotel, near Strathdon and close to Connolly's Candacraig estate, rang The Insider to say: ``It's pouring with rain but they are up at the house as we speak having a barbecue''

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